ESPN’s X Games Returns to Downtown Los Angeles After Seven Years

ESPN – together with Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) and the Los Angeles Coliseum – will celebrate its 16th annual action sports event, the X Games, entirely downtown between STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre, the Los Angeles Coliseum and L.A. LIVE. The 2010 event will mark the seventh consecutive year that the X Games will take place in Los Angeles.  Thirty-one hours of live X Games programming on ESPN and ESPN2 – all in high definition – will be aired July 29 through August 1, as well as on ESPN International, ESPN.com\action, ESPN Classic, ESPN3.com, and SportsCenter.

“It has been seven years since we first had X Games events at the Los Angeles Coliseum, and ESPN couldn’t be more thrilled to be returning this year with several of our sports,” said Jack Wienert, ESPN executive director, X Games Event Management. “As the X Games franchise continues to grow, we are proud and excited about our continued great relationship with AEG as we expand our presence this year downtown at STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE.”

Lee Zeidman, STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre and L.A. LIVE Sr. Vice President & General Manager, said: “STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre, L.A. LIVE and AEG are incredibly excited to expand our partnership with ESPN and the X Games in downtown Los Angeles. The ability to activate the entire L.A. LIVE campus for four days with non stop X Games events is something that everyone is really looking forward to this summer, and X Games 16 will undoubtedly be an experience fans will not want to miss.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to have the X Games back at the Coliseum,” said Pat Lynch, general manager for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum & Sports Arena.  “As the original home to the precursor of the X Games, the original motocross, we truly appreciate and love showcasing this world-class action sports event.”

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Disney Trading Announces Live Vinylmation Chat with Disney’s Steven Miller

Steven MillerIt’s hard to believe that Disney pin trading started just over a decade ago and has since gone on to become a worldwide phenomenon with casual and serious collectors amassing personal collections to keep and trade.

In 2008, lightning struck twice when Disney Trading and the Disney Design Group introduced Vinylmation – 3″ and 9″ vinyl figures in the form of a Mickey Mouse canvas and  decorated in all sorts of fanciful ways. After the release of a number of series, the Vinylmation fever carried on to plushes and clothing and merchandise and even shops dedicated to the new collectible. With even  more innovative lines on the way including the new Vinylmation Jr. and other inspired must-haves such as keychains and notebooks, Vinylmation is bigger than ever and shows no sign of stopping!

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Sterling Confections to Debut Mickey Truffle Bars at Disneyland Resort May 8

Mickey Truffle Bars from Sterling ConfectionsJust in time for Mother’s Day, Sterling Confections presents its newest creation, this Mickey Mouse-inspired truffle bar.

Jim Martin, President of Sterling Confections will be on hand Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 9 am to 11 am in Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland® park (park admission required) and from 1 pm to 4 pm at Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort to talk about the process of candy making and what makes Sterling Confections and the Truffle Bar such a delectable treat.

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Walt Disney Studios and Sprint to Honor Jerry Bruckheimer with Star-Studded Epic Event

In recognition of his remarkable body of work, Sprint (NYSE:S) is pleased to present A Cinematic Celebration of Jerry Bruckheimer on May 17, 2010 in Hollywood. Five Bruckheimer-produced blockbusters will screen in Hollywood during this special event celebrating the producer of some of the most successful motion pictures of the last 35 years. Each screening will be introduced by an actor or director who helped make the film so memorable. The event will coincide with the Hollywood premiere of Bruckheimer’s newest epic action-adventure, the much-anticipated “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the American Film Institute (AFI).

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‘LOST Live: The Final Celebration’ Event to be Hosted at UCLA May 13; Tickets Available April 23

“LOST LIVE: The Final Celebration” will feature appearances by “Lost” cast members — including Nestor Carbonell, Michael Emerson and Jorge Garcia — and be performed by Oscar winning composer Michael Giacchino, who will conduct a live orchestral performance featuring the iconic music of “Lost” at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 13, to celebrate the upcoming series finale.  In addition, a special preview of the penultimate episode will be screened immediately after the concert.

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Queen Rania of Jordan to Offer Book Storytelling and Signing in New York City April 27

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan will make a rare public appearance at Borders bookstore at Columbus Circle in New York City on April 27 to promote her children’s book The Sandwich Swap.

In the story, based on part of the Queen’s own personal experiences, Lily and Salma are best friends. They play together and stick together through thick and thin. But who would have ever thought that ordinary peanut butter or plain old hummus could come between them? Lily and Salma don’t quite understand each other’s tastes, but does that mean they can’t be friends? They understand far better than a lot of grown-ups that these things hardly matter and that friendship is the most important thing of all.

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D23 to Host Roy E. Disney Tribute/Dedication May 7; Tickets Available April 23

To celebrate the life and legacy of Roy E. Disney, D23 is proud to announce a very special event on the Walt Disney Studio lot. We will honor Roy with screenings of two much-loved films and special guests, and all Tribute ticketholders will be able to join us as Disney dedicates the Disney Feature Animation Building to Roy E. Disney.

After checking in, guests will be escorted to the front of the Feature Animation Building where they will have the chance to join Disney employees, luminaries and special guests for the dedication of the iconic structure as it is renamed the Roy E. Disney Animation Building.

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‘Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow’ Author Ridley Pearson to Make Appearance May 13 at Disneyland

Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadows by Ridley PearsonJoin author Ridley Pearson as he visits Disneyland May 13 to sign his latest book, Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow as well as many of his other best sellers.

Ridley will be appearing at the Disneyana Shop in Main Street, USA in Disneyland on Thursday, May 13 from 10 am – 1 pm.

Merchandise to be signed must be purchased at the event and there is a limit of two items per guest. Park admission is required.

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Walt Disney Family Museum Featuring ‘Peter Pan’ Exhibition Through June; Kathryn Beaumont to Appear May 22

Peter Pan at Walt Disney Family MuseumPeter Pan, a story which captivated the imagination of Walt Disney as early as 1935, will be showcased in a special exhibition at The Walt Disney Family Museum now through June 27, 2010.  The feature-length animated film, released in 1953,  will also be celebrated as the Museum’s film of the month in May.

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Disney’s Star Wars Weekends 2010 Update – More Exclusive Merchandise and New Characters

Annual Passholder and DVC Member Exclusive Star Wars Weekends 2010 PinsStar Wars Weekends 2010 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World resort is slowly creeping upon us and the news is starting to seep in. So far we’ve learned about the extremely limited edition and extremely awesome Stitch as the Emperor’s Hologram action figure (buy us ten!), the celebrity guest list and little more.

Today, the tides have changed a bit (probably due to the Forest Moon of Endor) and we have news from the Disney Parks blog on upcoming SWW exclusive pins, including Annual Passholder and — for the very first time — DVC Member exclusive items as well as special pins and sets commemorating the 30th anniversary of Empire Strikes Back.

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